Pay it Forward starts out this week along 50th Street in East Lubbock. We set up our Pay It Forward sign and started searching for this week's playmaker.
Within a couple of minutes, J.W. Wood spotted our sign. J.W. knew exactly who he wanted to assist. J.W. has chosen Sylvester Barraza as this week's recipient of $300.
J.W. told us that Sylvester has served three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan proudly serving our country. He has two young children and has struggled with what he went through overseas.
Wood told us that Sylvester's job can be stressful job at times and that he really could use the help.
So we headed to southwest Lubbock. When we arrive, we discover Sylvester is on a work-related assignment. We wait for a few minutes. Sylvester arrives to discover J.W. waiting for him at his workplace.
J.W. approached Sylvester and gave him $300 to help out his family. Sylvester was completely surprised, and gave J.W. a heartfelt "Thank you!"
Sylvester said that J.W. has been like a big brother to him and his family. He plans to spend the money on diapers for his kids and a nice dinner with his wife.
Be looking for our Pay It Forward sign soon! You may become our next playmaker!